Since launching Mighty Greens Farm in 2014 Carlos and Katie Palomares have grown their local farm and produce business with new infrastructure and are reaching more local restaurants and consumers. The farm, located off Hughes Rd. near Elburn, has developed a reputation for using its greenhouse space to grow veggies year round.
Mighty Greens quickly outgrew its first greenhouse after just one year of business. The second greenhouse almost doubles the size of the first, standing at 30 by 78 feet long and 13 feet tall.
“People just love their greens,” Carlos said. “We are already considering a third greenhouse. Our business tells us if we need to grow, and it’s looking like we might need to do that … we’re thrilled about the opportunity.”
Mighty Greens is not your typical farm. It’s known for the microgreens and petite greens grown year-round in heated greenhouses.
A microgreen is a plant that’s harvested young – six days at Mighty Greens – after the first two leaves (or cotyledons) have come up. Petite greens, which are also popular with Mighty Greens’ clients, are larger in size. Their petite mix is the most popular seller.
Carlos explained choosing to grow microgreens was a smart business decision because “you save a lot of money on watering and space, which in turn helps you make more money.”
“What we’re doing is not just a business … We do it because we believe in the product we grow and want to help create that new lifestyle for people,” Carlos said. “We want to be the ones to be able to give people the option to eat locally grown greens year round.”